OOSI Tour

Cleveland Latinx Sculptors Tour

8 Locations / Curated by Destyni Green

Like the “Culture & Beyond: African American Sculptors Tour”, The Cleveland Latinx Sculptors Tour highlights minority sculptors important to the history of Cleveland. The artist in this tour have each created important monumental Cleveland sculptures that most Clevelanders have seen on a day to day basis. This not only makes the pieces well known, but familiar and one with the city.

Cleveland has grown to be an important arts city. Every day artist and Cleveland residents are made proud by the support and progression we have here in the city. Sculpture has become an important part of our history such as in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and within the works of the David E. Davis Studio. Sculptures are seen in many Cleveland neighborhoods including Euclid, Downtown, University Circle and Woodland Hills.

Each artist in this tour identify as latinx ( Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican etc) , and have contributed greatly to the collective arts success of Cleveland.
Hector Vega is a Puerto Rican artist known for his whimsical brightly colored sculptures at the Ronald McDonald House on Euclid Ave and his sculptures for Rainbows Babies & Children’s Hospital. Vega has also sculpted a steel “Apple Tree” in Woodland Hills, a large guitar for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and heart shaped tulips for Metro Hospital. Among these Vega has also created interior sculptures, wine bottles, drawings and paintings. He is currently working on the fountain sculpture.

Artist Angelica Pozo, a Cuban and Puerto Rican female artist is notably known for her ceramic works including mosaic, sculpture and other public works. Pozo is also an author who has written books on ceramics. In Cleveland we have Pozo’s wonderful “Marketplace/Meetingplace :An Urban Memorial" which is located downtown, as well as the “Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Wall” in University Circle. Pozo has made many wonderful contributions to Cleveland's public arts as well as community arts projects.

Luis Jimenez was a Mexican American sculptor from Texas began making monumental sculptures in the midst of the Latino civil rights movement. He “dedicated himself to contemporary subjects that represented a racially diverse and working class America”, such as in his Cleveland sculpture the “Cleveland Firefighter Memorial”, which was his last piece before his death in 2006.

Locations for Tour

A flat, stylized interpretation of a woman cradling a newborn baby. The woman's figure is made up of all skin tones, clothing styles, and hair colors/types. Pastel plates of solid color interrupt the various flesh and hair…

A flat figure with upraised arms presents the Rainbow Babies logo to the passing public. The figure is built out of steel plates and coated with mosaic tiles. On both sides of the sculpture. the mosaic tiles depict a single figure…

As if the Ronald McDonald House wasn't already a bright enough beacon for the Cleveland Community, Mort and Iris November commissioned artist Hector Vega to install a garden of bold, stained glass tulips in the front. These…

This piece by Hector Vega greatly resembled his Tulips at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, Ohio. Both sculptures speak of the growth of love and care between family members and those who help through the clinics. The…

A guitar sculpture done by Hector Vega. presented during the 2016 induction. This sculpture reflects the importance of rock n roll in American history, making it the perfect addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Artist…

Steel three dimensional sculpture of an apple tree. The apple tree stands proudly as a bright spot in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The artist, Hector Vega, is well known for the sculptural pieces he made for…

This piece is a tree planter/bench made from concrete, ceramic mosaic, ceramic relief sculpture & historic artifacts. This piece preserves the history of the site of Cleveland's Progressive Field Ballpark and Gund Arena…

Two firefighters stand bravely in the face of a roaring inferno. The memorial is a colorful fiberglass piece visible from the shoreway, in a central location between Brown's stadium, the Rock n' Roll hall of Fame, and…